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i 0 5 A RETREAT FOR A RACKETEER By HAMPTON DUNN MIAMI BEACH --Al Capone once said: "I have a wife and a boy I idolize and a beautiful home at Palm Island, Florida. If I could go there and forget it all I would be the happiest man in the world." There's no d oubt about his home at 93 Palm Island in Biscayne Bay being a mag nificent mansion. This was one of his rewards for becoming king of the underworld in Chicago back in the Roaring Twenties. The luxurious abode was built in 1922 and the original owner was C larence M. Busch of the brewery family. "Scarface" Capone arranged for purchasing the estate while he was a prisoner serving a Federal sentence on income tax evasion. This was in the late 20s. "The Big Fellow," as he was called by his associates, moved int o the Florida retreat in 1930. Well armed bodyguards and sentries always were on hand to make it hot for any snoopers or prowlers or revenge seekers. Capone added a swimming pool and a two story cabana to the property. It was in this secluded paradise th at the mobster passed away in 1947. The bedroom where he died is said to be just as it was when Capone lived there. The fabulous stucco castle was put up for sale in 1967. Though Capone had many possessions and loved ones, it's doubtful he ever found the peace which he professed to seek when he tried to get out of the rackets.
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A retreat for a racketeer
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 22, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes Al Capone's house in Miami Beach.
x Homes and haunts
Miami Beach (Fla.)
Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.